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September 1996 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops

Estimated Comics Preordered by North American Comics Shops
Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors
and Heroes World Distribution


After fourteen months in which there was no reliable way to create an index of all the comics selling to retailers in the Direct Market, I launched a tracking program combining information from Diamond Comic Distributors with information from Heroes World Distribution, the exclusive distributor of Marvel.

The resulting fused list should be accurate down to 355th place, which includes the 55 items that made Diamond's Top 300 but which Marvel pushed out of the combined chart. Diamond computed dollar rankings while Heroes World did not; the chart below estimates likely dollar rankings for the Marvel issues.

The "Heroes Reborn" experiment started this month, in which Image creators Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld returned to Marvel to restart Avengers, Captain America, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man. All four titles rocketed to the top of the chart, improving greatly on those titles' previous performance. Marvel took all ten slots in the combined Top Ten, showing how much Diamond's charts in the previous year had been missing.

It is not absolutely clear whether the Heroes World data includes United Kingdom sales; it's presumed that it doesn't, but if it did, the Marvel figures below would be reduced by somewhat less than 10%. That would still give Marvel domination of the rankings.

Click to skip to the Top Graphic Novels at Diamond for the month.

—John Jackson Miller


This list includes all items on Diamond's Top 300 chart.
Items marked (resolicitation) were offered in an earlier month but never shipped; disregard any previously reported figure, as earlier orders were canceled when the books were resolicited.
Distributor charts are regional commodity reports, not measures of a work's total reach. Read our FAQ.
The links lead to current listings for each issue on eBay. You can also find the books at your comics shop.


UnitsDollarsComic-book TitleIssuePricePublisherEst. units
11Fantastic Four (Vol. 2)1$2.95Marvel313,980
22Iron Man (Vol. 2)1$2.95Marvel277,464
33Avengers (Vol. 2)1$2.95Marvel276,734
44Captain America (Vol. 2)1$2.95Marvel274,070
56Uncanny X-Men338$1.95Marvel203,722
67X-Men58$1.95Marvel203,141
78Wolverine107$1.95Marvel184,322
89X.S.E.1$1.95Marvel172,264
917Incredible Hulk447$1.50Marvel170,007
1019Spectacular Spider-Man240$1.50Marvel165,377
1111Spawn54$1.95Image161,450
1212Curse of the Spawn1$1.95Image158,930
1313Elektra1$1.95Marvel155,042
145X-Men ’96$2.95Marvel141,158
1514Generation X21$1.95Marvel140,980
1615Magneto1$1.95Marvel138,976
1716X-Man21$1.95Marvel131,663
1820X-Force60$1.95Marvel126,203
1924X-Factor128$1.95Marvel122,161
2025Cable37$1.95Marvel121,737
2127X-Men: Rise of Apocalypse2$1.95Marvel108,406
2210Generation X ’961$2.95Marvel108,355
2330Excalibur102$1.95Marvel102,189
2423Deathblow/Wolverine1$2.50Image95,838
2532Final Night1$1.95DC91,401
2649Amazing Spider-Man417$1.50Marvel87,870
2718X-Men/Clandestine3$2.95Marvel85,108
2834Final Night2$1.95DC84,635
2935Final Night3$1.95DC83,058
3036Spider-Man74$1.95Marvel82,751
3137Final Night4$1.95DC82,402
3231DV82$2.50Image74,324
3339Sensational Spider-Man10$1.95Marvel74,244
3440Batman536$1.95DC73,705
3541X-Men: Pryde and Wisdom3$1.95Marvel73,414
3626X-Files22$2.95Topps71,833
3728Parallax: Emerald Night1$2.95DC71,405
3829Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire5$2.95Dark Horse70,572
3945Star Trek: Voyager1$1.95Marvel69,024
4046Detective Comics703$1.95DC68,980
4150Star Trek Unlimited1$1.95Marvel67,500
4251Supergirl3$1.95DC67,425
4353Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1$1.95Marvel66,732
4472Journey into Mystery503$1.50Marvel66,351
4554Superman117$1.95DC64,986
4656Action Comics727$1.95DC63,600
4757Adventures of Superman540$1.95DC63,489
4858Superman: The Man of Steel62$1.95DC62,399
4921Star Wars Boba Fett: When the Fat Lady Swings$3.95Dark Horse61,757
5033Sensational Spider-Man ’961$2.95Marvel60,079
5122X-Files Season One3$3.95Topps55,736
5275Green Lantern80$1.75DC55,500
5392Spider-Man: Redemption3$1.50Marvel55,404
5443Shattered Image4$2.50Image55,374
5566Robin35$1.95DC55,116
5667Nightwing2$1.95DC54,866
5768Batman: Shadow of the Bat56$1.95DC54,018
5878Flash119$1.75DC53,709
5938Justice League: A Midsummer's Nightmare3$2.95DC53,244
6048CyberForce27$2.50Image52,780
6169Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight88$1.95DC52,205
6255Preacher19$2.50DC50,569
6377Catwoman39$1.95DC48,594
6459Preacher Special: Saint of Killers4$2.50DC48,240
6590Superman Adventures1$1.75DC47,893
6642Purgatori: Vampire's Myth2$2.95Chaos47,540
6744Superman: The Man of Steel Annual5$2.95DC46,596
6860The Dreaming6$2.50DC46,287
6961Wetworks21$2.50Image45,373
7047Star Wars X-Wing Rogue Squadron: Battleground Tatooine4$2.95Dark Horse45,306
7182Wonder Woman115$1.95DC45,247
7252Batman: Shadow of the Bat Annual4$2.95DC44,415
7389Superboy33$1.95DC43,103
74177Untold Tales of Spider-Man15$.99Marvel42,639
7594Azrael23$1.95DC41,378
76184Professor X and the X-Men13$.99Marvel41,104
7795Teen Titans2$1.95DC40,950
7870Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol. 22$2.50Homage40,685
79100Venom: The Hunger4$1.95Marvel40,244
80130What If91$1.50Marvel39,955
81134Daredevil358$1.50Marvel39,374
82116Aquaman26$1.75DC39,351
83104Maxx27$1.95Image39,137
8483Total Justice1$2.25DC39,086
8584Hitman8$2.25DC38,968
8674Glory/Celestine: Dark Angel1$2.50Image38,968
87189Uncanny Origins3$.99Marvel38,855
88138Silver Surfer122$1.50Marvel37,593
8963Avengelyne6$2.99Maximum37,287
9064Dark Chylde4$2.99Maximum36,668
911142099 World of Tomorrow54$1.95Marvel35,785
9281Backlash24$2.50Image35,319
9396Hitman7$2.25DC35,319
9497Total Justice2$2.25DC35,246
9585Grifter3$2.50Image34,671
96102Total Justice3$2.25DC34,420
97131Impulse19$1.75DC34,243
98132Artemis: Requiem6$1.75DC34,162
9971Bone26$2.95Image34,000
10087Savage Dragon32$2.50Image33,956
10188Arcanum1$2.50Top Cow33,867
10291House of Secrets2$2.50DC33,403
103107Legion of Super-Heroes86$2.25DC33,130
104211Marvel Fanfare3$.99Marvel32,808
105123Birds of Prey: Manhunt3$1.95DC32,637
106124Superboy & The Ravers3$1.95DC32,379
107110Batman: GCPD4$2.25DC31,649
10879Vampirella: Death and Destruction3$2.95Harris31,627
10999Classic Star Wars: Devil Worlds2$2.50Dark Horse31,546
110143Tempest1$1.75DC31,442
111111Starman24$2.25DC31,406
112101StormWatch40$2.50Image31,266
113144Power of Shazam!20$1.75DC31,221
114103Books of Magic30$2.50DC30,757
115167Punisher13$1.50Marvel30,330
11680Hellboy: Wake the Devil4$2.95Dark Horse30,027
117108Glory15$2.50Image29,600
118135Sovereign Seven16$1.95DC29,504
119173Ghost Rider79$1.50Marvel29,243
12086Monkeyman & O'Brien3$2.95Dark Horse29,084
121121Green Arrow114$2.25DC29,018
122219New Gods12$.99DC28,811
12362Vampirella: Sad Wings of Destiny1$3.95Harris28,708
12473Starman Annual1$3.50DC28,281
125117Grifter and The Mask1$2.50Dark Horse27,470
126118Black Lamb1$2.50DC27,470
127127Bloody Mary2$2.25DC27,359
128128Spectre47$2.25DC27,315
12976Avengelyne: Bible Revelations$3.50Maximum27,293
130166Batman & Robin Adventures12$1.75DC26,902
13198Batman and Robin Adventures Annual1$2.95DC26,858
132120216$2.50Image26,423
133137Legionnaires42$2.25DC25,391
134140Hellblazer107$2.25DC24,824
135126Leave It to Chance1$2.50Homage24,669
136145Lobo: Death & Taxes 2$2.25DC24,271
137146Lobo33$2.25DC24,212
138230Adventures of the X-Men8$.99Marvel23,878
139113Predator: Dark River3$2.95Dark Horse23,836
140153Simpsons24$2.25Bongo23,504
14193Youngblood12$3.50Image23,379
142119Crow: City of Angels3$2.95Kitchen Sink22,952
143139Ghost18$2.50Dark Horse22,539
144141Lady Supreme3$2.50Image22,259
145122Vampirella of Drakulon5$2.95Harris21,817
146175Essential Vertigo: The Sandman4$1.95DC21,713
147148Badrock Super-Special1$2.50Image21,618
148152Terminal City5$2.50DC21,500
149154Sandman Mystery Theatre44$2.50DC20,969
150129Animal Mystic2$2.95Sirius20,814
151198Aztek: The Ultimate Man4$1.75DC20,748
152133Warrior Nun Areala: Scorpio Rose1$2.95Antarctic20,121
153158Supreme42$2.50Image20,003
154247Adventures of Spider-Man15$.99Marvel19,485
155164Blindside2$2.50Image19,443
156165Power Rangers Zeo1$2.50Image19,436
157136Black Pearl1$2.95Dark Horse19,429
158193Steel32$1.95DC19,296
159142Atomik Angels4$2.95Crusade18,854
16065Dhampire Stillborn$5.95DC18,419
161149Crow: City of Angels Photo Cover3$2.95Kitchen Sink18,308
162109Elektra Saga1$3.95Marvel18,308
163150Decade of Dark Horse3$2.95Dark Horse18,294
16415122 Brides: Married to the Mob4$2.95Event18,220
165169Maximage10$2.50Image18,139
166183Cyberella3$2.25DC18,087
167125Extremely Youngblood1$3.50Image17,991
168112X-Men Megazine1$3.95Marvel17,838
169155Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures1$2.95Dark Horse17,741
170115Elektra Saga2$3.95Marvel17,459
171156Showcase '9610$2.95DC17,343
172157Body Bags2$2.95Dark Horse17,063
173159Blood: A Tale1$2.95DC16,945
174176Seekers into the Mystery10$2.50DC16,923
175161Kabuki1$2.95Caliber16,716
176218Takion6$1.75DC16,591
177162Priest2$2.99Maximum16,480
178197Vermillion2$2.25DC16,458
179163Battlestar Galactica: Journey's End3$2.99Maximum16,318
180172Grendel: Devil's Legacy2$2.75Dark Horse16,289
181229Ultraforce12$1.50Marvel15,847
182187Poison Elves16$2.50Sirius15,699
183171Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan3$2.95Dark Horse15,360
184105Witchblade Collected Edition3$4.95Image15,250
185106Elfquest5$4.95Warp15,109
186235Rune: Hearts of Darkness1$1.50Marvel14,980
187196NewMen22$2.50Image14,874
188209Gemini Blood3$2.25DC14,741
189220Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing1$1.95DC14,439
190225Hazard5$1.75Image14,431
191178Roswell: Little Green Man1$2.95Bongo14,277
192179Nexus: Executioner's Song4$2.95Dark Horse14,181
193180Rack & Pain: Killers2$2.95Chaos14,166
194202Ultraverse Unlimited2$2.50Marvel14,102
195181Verotika12$2.95Verotik14,085
196182Hercules: The Legendary Journeys4$2.95Topps13,952
197147X-Force Megazine1$3.95Marvel13,764
198185Godzilla16$2.95Dark Horse13,584
199207Vertigo Verite: Unseen Hand3$2.50DC13,377
200244Prime12$1.50Marvel13,340
201186Tongue Lash2$2.95Dark Horse13,318
202210Kid Supreme5$2.50Image13,119
203191Gunsmith Cats: The Return of Gray2$2.95Dark Horse12,839
204192Ranma 1/2 Part 510$2.95Viz12,758
205194Oh My Goddess! Terrible Master Urd6$2.95Dark Horse12,662
206195Grackle1$2.95Acclaim12,618
207160Hellborne1$3.95London Night12,515
208237Pinky and the Brain5$1.75DC12,309
209222Cerebus210$2.25Aardvark-Vanaheim12,191
210199Bone (reprint)11$2.95Image12,110
211200Age of Reptiles: The Hunt5$2.95Dark Horse12,021
212203Chronowar2$2.95Dark Horse11,903
213204Gamera2$2.95Dark Horse11,844
214217Fang Testament1$2.50Sirius11,719
215168Sliders Special2$3.95Acclaim11,513
216206Cyberfrog: Reservoir Frog1$2.95Harris11,402
217208Razor Uncut26$3.00London Night11,085
218228Youngblood Classics1$2.25Image10,798
219212Razor: Morbid Angel Soul Search2$3.00London Night10,584
220233Leonard Nimoy's Primortals5$2.25Big10,341
221258Animaniacs19$1.75DC10,311
222213Double Impact Vol. 22$3.00High Impact10,245
223234Mickey Spillane's Mike Danger6$2.25Big10,142
224215Distant Soil16$2.95Image10,105
225216Knights on Broadway3$2.95Broadway10,090
226214CreeD: Cranial Disorder1$3.00Lightning10,024
227188Mythography1$3.95Bardic9,928
228236Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice6$2.25Big9,773
229221Blade of Immortal Conquest3$2.95Dark Horse9,456
230232G.I. Joe4$2.50Dark Horse9,419
231223Starlord Megazine1$2.95Marvel9,267
232170From Hell10$4.95Kitchen Sink9,154
233224Battle Angel Alita Part Six8$2.95Viz8,992
234201Satanika Illustrations$3.95Verotik8,977
235286Uncle Scrooge301$1.50Gladstone8,933
236226Thundergod3$2.95Crusade8,520
237227Sunglasses After Dark5$2.95Verotik8,454
238259Neil Gaiman's Phage: Shadow Death6$2.25Big8,019
239231Tommi Gun0.5$3.00London Night7,879
240190Wingbird Black & White Bondage$4.95Verotik7,761
241251Goblin Lord1$2.50Goblin7,643
242254Big Bang Comics4$2.50Image7,569
243255Wise Son: The White Wolf1$2.50DC7,488
244300Donald Duck Adventures41$1.50Gladstone7,400
245238War of the Worlds1$2.95Caliber7,267
246239Kaos Moon1$2.95Caliber7,223
247241Moebius Comics3$2.95Caliber7,171
248174Gon4$5.95DC7,135
249240Demonique1$3.00London Night7,090
250270Isaac Asimov's I-Bots6$2.25Big7,039
251243Whoa Nellie!3$2.95Fantagraphics7,009
252245Warrior1$2.95Ultimate Warrior6,715
253266Icon40$2.50DC6,715
254246No Need for Tenchi6$2.95Viz6,663
255248La Blue Girl3$2.95Central Park6,530
256314Disney Comic Hits13$1.50Marvel6,509
257250Maison Ikkoku Part Six2$2.95Viz6,479
258252Dark Horse Presents113$2.95Dark Horse6,457
259253Warrior2$2.95Ultimate Warrior6,427
260249CreeD: Cranial Disorder1$3.00Lightning6,412
261256Hot Tails7$2.95Fantagraphics6,324
262301Looney Tunes26$1.75DC6,287
263257Gravediggers3$2.95Acclaim6,154
264260Bratpack/Maximortal Super Special1$2.95King Hell6,110
265262Big Blown Baby2$2.95Dark Horse5,992
266263Escape4$2.95Comico5,985
267261Dead Boys: Vampire Knights1$3.00London Night5,963
268242Super Taboo10$3.50Fantagraphics5,918
269265Spunky Knight Special$2.95Fantagraphics5,911
270267Reality Check1$2.95Sirius5,690
271205Walt Disney's Comics & Stories606$5.95Gladstone5,661
272268Return of Lum Part Three5$2.95Viz5,631
273330Sonic the Hedgehog41$1.50Archie5,579
274304Spawn40$1.95Image5,484
275282Haunt of Fear17$2.50Gemstone5,484
276283Static41$2.50DC5,476
277269Drywall: Unzipped1$2.95Fireman5,432
278332Cheryl Blossom Goes Hollywood1$1.50Archie5,329
279271Riot Act Two6$2.95Viz5,307
280335Sonic: The Death Egg Saga1$1.50Archie5,299
281273All New Armed & Dangerous4$2.95Acclaim5,248
282339Archie454$1.50Archie5,145
283274THB6$2.95Horse5,049
284292Hardware45$2.50DC4,953
285276Vampfire1$2.95Brainstorm4,791
286277Cell1$2.95Antarctic4,754
287347Betty & Veronica106$1.50Archie4,739
288278Bio Booster Armor Guyver Part Five5$2.95Viz4,710
289279Mister X3$2.95Caliber4,710
290281Ninja High School53$2.95Antarctic4,695
291285Fist of the North Star Part Three3$2.95Viz4,548
292355Betty44$1.50Archie4,511
293287Luftwaffe 19462$2.95Antarctic4,467
294264Vampfire (Nude)1$3.95Brainstorm4,459
295289Eddie Campbell's Bacchus17$2.95Eddie Campbell4,400
296302Frontline Combat6$2.50Gemstone4,400
297303Wandering Star16$2.50Sirius4,334
298360Veronica58$1.50Archie4,319
299291Sade4$3.00London Night4,245
300306Akiko7$2.50Sirius4,223
301307Sister of Mercy: When Razors Cry Crimson Tears1$2.50No Mercy4,172
302275Sanctuary Part Five7$3.50Viz4,120
303318Spawn: Blood Feud (Reorder)1$2.25Image4,083
304293Elementals Sex Special3$2.95Comico4,046
305294Lady Vampre vs. Black Lace1$2.95Black Out4,010
306280Who is the Crooked Man1$3.50Crusade3,965
307295Cud Comics5$2.95Dark Horse3,951
308272Morbid Angel: Penance Revised Color Special$3.95London Night3,943
309297Vamperotica19$2.95Brainstorm3,928
310660Free Wizard62$.00Wizard3,884
311324Spawn: Blood Feud (Reorder)2$2.25Image3,855
312299Elementals vs. Charnal Priests Special1$2.95Comico3,855
313319Thieves & Kings13$2.35I Box3,847
314327Spawn: Blood Feud (Reorder)3$2.25Image3,744
315288Widow: Bound by Blood2$3.50Ground Zero3,744
316328Spawn: Blood Feud (Reorder)4$2.25Image3,729
317317Demongate5$2.50Sirius3,700
318346Maxx8$1.95Image3,671
319313Nira X Cyberangel Annual1$2.75Express3,634
320381Scooby Doo15$1.50Archie3,619
321385World of Archie21$1.50Archie3,582
322308All New Bad Eggs4$2.95Acclaim3,523
323309Vamperotica Deluxe19$2.95Brainstorm3,501
324310Mike Deodato Comics Jonas19$2.95Caliber3,486
325311THB7$2.95Horse3,471
326312Safety-Belt Man: All Hell4$2.95Sirius3,435
327316Archie Double Digest89$2.75Archie3,427
328284Gold Digger Annual 1996$3.95Antarctic3,398
329325Adventures of the Mask9$2.50Dark Horse3,390
330394Archie's Pal, Jughead Comics87$1.50Archie3,383
331296Underwater7$3.50Drawn and Quarterly3,324
332315Oz17$2.95Caliber3,228
333369Archie Digest144$1.79Archie3,221
334290Widow Cinegraphic Special1$4.00Ground Zero3,214
335320Milk & Cheese 666 (2nd printing)1$2.75Slave Labor3,206
336321Catfight: Escape from Limbo1$2.75Lightning3,184
337338Passion1$2.50Blue Dog3,088
338326Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest22$2.75Archie3,073
339350Brinke of Disaster1$2.25High Impact3,066
340323Replacement God6$2.95Slave Labor3,059
341305Gen13/Maxx1$3.50Image3,029
342322A-Bomb14$2.95Antarctic2,941
343455Calibrations4$.99Caliber2,926
344298Genus20$3.95Antarctic2,926
345333Catfight: Escape from Limbo1$2.75Lightning2,904
346329Atomic City Tales3$2.95Kitchen Sink2,838
347399Laugh Digest131$1.79Archie2,771
348400Jughead with Archie Digest130$1.79Archie2,742
349331Iczer III1$2.95Central Park2,712
350334Red Dragon2$2.95Comico2,698
351387Maxx (Reorder)2$1.95Image2,690
352389 Maxx (Reorder) 4$1.95Image2,690
353336Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman Comics (4th printing)3$2.95Deep Sea2,646
354337Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman Comics (3rd printing)4$2.95Deep Sea2,646
355392Maxx (Reorder)5$1.95Image2,646

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September 1996 Graphic Novel Sales to Comics Shops

Graphic Novels Preordered by North American Comics Shops Based on Reports from Diamond Comic Distributors

This list includes all items on Diamond's chart. If you don't see a book, Diamond released no data for it.
Marvel titles are not included in the list.

The links lead to details about each title on Amazon. You can also find the books at your comics shop.

#1 #2 #3 #4

Heroes World graphic novel data was not available, so Marvel is not included in this list. But it's pretty obvious one book that would have made the Top 10 would have been the Marvel version of the Amalgam Age of Comics. Diamond would not index its graphic novel data for some time, so no estimates are available.

Units DollarsTrade Paperback titlePricePublisherEst. units
14Amber: The Guns of Avalon$6.95DCn/a
22Big Book of Hoaxes$14.95DCn/a
33Amalgam Age of Comics: DC Comics$12.95DCn/a
46Joker: Devil's Advocate$12.95DCn/a
51Fax from Sarajevo$24.95Dark Horsen/a
67Witchcraft$14.95DCn/a
75Ranma 1/2 Vol. 7$15.95Vizn/a
89Batman: Haunted Knight$12.95DCn/a
98Shi: The Way of the Warrior Vol. 2$14.95Crusaden/a
1014Uncle Scrooge Adventures in Color$17.95Dark Horsen/a